North Bend closing Visitor Info Center, Mountain View Art Gallery

The City of North Bend said via press release that after much deliberation, it has decided to close the Visitor Information Center & Mountain View Art Gallery at the corner of Bendigo Blvd and Park Street.

The city is finishing a five-year lease of the small building that was constructed when the North Bend Bartell Drugs was built and operated by the North Bend Downtown Foundation.

The city said it will be pursuing alternative options to provide tourism-related activities, with the goal being to be to reach more visitors in a cost-effective way. The city had issues staffing the small info center.

The last day for the existing Visitor Information Center will be Sunday, September 8th.

“We would like to thank everyone, especially local artists who have shared and enjoyed the art at the North Bend Visitor Information Center and Mountain View Art Gallery,” Bre Keveren, Special Events Coordinator and VIC Coordinator said. “It is enjoyed by travelers from all over the globe and local visitors and we certainly appreciate working with you all and look forward to connecting with you in the next form our visitor information takes.” 

According to the press release, “Council and staff are pursuing other ways to invest in tourism and support the arts that will enhance our interactions between visitors and citizens.”

The building which houses the Visitor Info Center is owned by the local developer who constructed the North Bend Bartell Drugs location. There is no word yet on what might occupy the building when the city’s lease is up.

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